Darren Barker is an English middleweight and the current holder of the British and European middleweight titles and a former holder of the Commonwealth title.
As an amateur he won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He also became a Multi nations Champion and Class C NABC Champion. Prior to the decision to turn professional Barker's amateur record stood at 68 fights, 55 wins and 13 losses.
On 14 November 2007 Barker fought for his first major title, the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight belt. His opponent, the undefeated Australian Ben Crampton had won 20 fights to date with only one draw. Barker won the fight by unanimous decision over 12 rounds to lift the title.
His first defence saw him beat former British & European title challenger Steve Bendall with a seventh round stoppage. Barker then travelled to Canada in August 2008 and beat local man Larry Sharpe, a former Canadian champion and Commonwealth challenger, in a non-title fight over 10 rounds.
On 13 December 2008, Barker defended his title for the second time against Northern Ireland's Jason McKay forcing him to retire at the end of round six. Barker's third defence of the title took place on 23 May 2009 against Dudley's Darren McDermott in a fight which was also billed as a British title eliminator. The fight which was held at the Watford Colosseum ended with a fourth round stoppage for the champion.
On November 28, 2009 Barker defeated Danny Butler to lift the vacant British Middleweight title with the fight also doubling as a fourth defence of his Commonwealth crown.
Barker claimed the European title in April 2010 with a unanimous points victory over Affif Belghecham of France. The shot at the European belt was unexpected following the surprise vacating of the title by previous holder Matthew Macklin who had hopes of pursuing World title ambitions.
Two-time champion (Minor titles)
On April 30, 2010, Barker regained the vacant European middleweight title with a points win over Italy's Domenico Spada at the Olympia in London after over 12 months away from the ring. The Londoner was declared the winner after the judges scored the contest 115-113 and 116-113 after 12 rounds. Prior to the fight Barker spoke of his excitement at returning to the ring following his hip injury saying "I'm really excited about it and eager to show the general public what I'm made of" he added "training has gone well. [I've] been out for a year now, and I'm really looking forward to getting back in there."
Born May 19, 1982
Height 6′ 0½″
Years Active 2004-present
Record 26 1 0
OriginBarnet, London, United Kingdom
Barker is ranked the #2 middleweight in the United Kingdom, behind Matthew Macklin.
TKO 11 Sergio Martinez
Darren Barker K0 4 Darren McDermott (2009)